Resources

For information on supporting and nurturing your child's development, parenting skills and support, and other various topics, here are some of our Parenting Educators' favorite local and national resources. 

Recommended Links

Aha! Parenting - Advice and information about parenting, behavior and connecting with your child.

All About Sarasota Kids - List of local resources for Sarasota families.

American Academy of Pediatrics - Information on physical, mental, and social health and well­being for infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionGuidance to expecting mothers about exposure to Zika virus.

Center on Media and Child Health - Educates and empowers children and those who care for them to create and consume media in ways that optimize children’s health and development.

Children’s Movement of Florida - A non-partisan grassroots movement of Floridians insisting on increased investment in the first five years of all our children.

Common Sense Media - Provides independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

Healthy Children - A website of the American Academy of Pediatrics focused on the health of children.

National Child Traumatic Stress Network - Tools for helping children cope with trauma and traumatic stress.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Parents Central - Information and resources to keep your children safe on the road. 

Southwest Florida Resource Link - Guide to community resources in Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hendry, Lee and Sarasota counties.

Zero to Three - Offers interactive tools, parent handouts, FAQ’s and more to help support the health and development of babies and toddlers. 

 

Recommended Reading

General

The Happiest Baby on the Block, Harvey Karp, MD
The Happiest Toddler on the Block, Harvey Karp, MD
The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson
Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness, Dr. Edward Hallowell
Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, American Academy of Pediatrics
The Irreducible Needs of Children, Brazelton and Greenspan
Darn Good Parenting, Jan Faull
Your Baby, Your Child, Penelope Leach
Touchpoints: The Essential Reference, T. Berry Brazelton, MD
The Emotional Life of the Toddler, Alicia Lieberman, PhD
Mind In The Making, Ellen Galinsky

Bullying

The Bully, The Bullied, and the Bystander: From Preschool to High SchoolBarbara Colorosso

Communication

Just Tell Me What to Say!, Betsy Brown Braun
Nurturing Resilience In Our Children, Dr. Robert Brooks

Discipline

Kids Are Worth It!, Barbara Coloroso
NO: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It, Dr. David Walsh
There's Gotta Be A Better Way: Discipline That Works!, Becky Bailey
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Faber & Mazlish

Feelings

Dealing with Disappointment: Helping Kids Cope When Things Don’t Go Their Way, Elizabeth Crary
Kids, Parents, and Power StrugglesMary Sheedy Kurcinka
First Feelings, Stanley Greenspan

Newborns

Darn Good Advice, Baby, Jan Faull

 Siblings

Siblings Without Rivalry: How to Help Your Children Live Together So You Can Live Too, Faber & Mazlish
Peaceful Parent, Happy SiblingsDr. Laura Markham

 Sleep

Sleepless In America, Mary Sheedy Kurcinka
The Happiest Baby Guide to Great Sleep, Harvey Karp, MD

Temperament

Raising Your Spirited Child, Mary Sheedy-Kurcinka
Living With The Active Alert Child,  Linda Budd
Know Your Child: An Authoritative Guide for Today's Parents, Chess, Stella & Alexander Thomas

Toilet Teaching

Mommy, I Have to Go Potty, Jan Faull